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Clemson recruiting roundup: Latest news and notes

It’s been an eventful week on the Clemson recruiting front. The Clemson Insider rounds up the latest recruiting news and notes surrounding the Tigers:

Tigers could be in play for Tennessee commits. The biggest storyline of the week relating to Clemson recruiting is about prospects committed elsewhere, particularly to Tennessee. Butch Jones is squirming on the hot seat following Tennessee’s 41-0 loss to Georgia last Saturday, and his team’s disappointing start to the season has already begun to affect the Volunteers’ 2018 class.

A day after Tennessee receiver commit Jatavious Harris publicly re-opened his recruitment, Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor School four-star safety Brendon Harris (pictured) did the same. Harris, who committed to the Vols in May, announced via Twitter on Tuesday that his recruitment is “now open to all schools.”

Clemson was first to offer Harris back in June 2016 and was once considered one of Tennessee’s top contenders for his pledge. Should the Tigers opt to become involved again, Harris would figure to be interested. He most recently visited Clemson in late April and also attended the Louisville game last season.

Harris isn’t the only Tennessee commit the Tigers could be in play for. On Monday, Clemson offered Alpharetta (Ga.) four-star defensive back Jaycee Horn, who committed to Tennessee in August over finalists Alabama and South Carolina.

Clemson initiated communication with Horn, the son of former NFL wide receiver Joe Horn, in the spring and attracted him to campus for its win over Auburn last month. Horn is also hearing from Georgia, Ohio State, Ole Miss and South Carolina. After visiting Clemson, he went to South Carolina and Georgia on consecutive Saturdays before witnessing Tennessee’s loss in Knoxville last weekend.

Horn plans to use his official visits after the season. After getting the Clemson offer, he told TCI he is looking to return to Clemson for the Georgia Tech game on Oct. 28.

Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic five-star offensive tackle Cade Mays and Butler (Ga.) Taylor County four-star running back Lyn-J Dixon are a couple of other Tennessee commits we’re tracking.

Mays, the son of former Tennessee offensive lineman Kevin Mays, is rumored to be on the verge of re-opening his recruitment as well. Clemson offered in December 2014, and there was mutual interest before he pledged to the Volunteers in July 2015.

Dixon, meanwhile, coveted a Clemson offer but didn’t get it until after he committed to Tennessee in June.

LSU de-commitment looking at Clemson. Ed Orgeron and LSU have also felt the negative recruiting impact of their dismal start to the season. Baton Rouge (La.) Scotlandville four-star defensive back Kelvin Joseph de-committed from LSU on Monday.

Joseph — who is ranked by most of the recruiting services as a top-50 prospect in the 2018 class regardless of position — had been committed to LSU since February 2016. Clemson extended an offer to him in April.

Alabama is now viewed as the heavy favorite to eventually land Joseph, though several other schools are in the mix. Joseph will make an official visit to Florida State this weekend and tentatively plans to visit Clemson for its game against Florida State on Nov. 11.

Update on 4-star Muhammad. Clemson continues to court Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point four-star tight end Mustapha Muhammad, who named Clemson one of his top five schools in August along with LSU, Michigan, Texas and UCLA.

Muhammad told us this week that he is no longer considering LSU. He made his first official visit to UCLA last weekend and still intends to officially visit Clemson for the Florida State game. Muhammad said he doesn’t plan to take his official visits to Michigan and Texas until after the season due to his team’s game schedule.

Other tidbits.

** Clemson’s guest list for the Wake Forest game this weekend won’t carry many big names, but one of the notable prospects expected to be on hand is Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley 2020 wide receiver Michael Wyman. Wyman, who has an offer from North Carolina, visited Clemson for the first time in July.

** Roebuck (S.C.) Dorman offensive lineman and Virginia Tech commit Jordan McFadden was considering a return trip to Clemson this weekend, but told us as of Thursday he doesn’t think he will be there. McFadden visited Clemson for the Auburn and Boston College games before visiting Virginia Tech last weekend.

** Clemson offered Snellville (Ga.) Shiloh 2019 small forward Elias King on Wednesday. King, who is ranked among the top 75 players in his class, has other offers from Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Memphis, Mississippi State, N.C. State, Seton Hall, South Florida, USC, VCU, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

** Clemson commitments Derion Kendrick and B.T. Potter of Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe are set to be presented with their U.S. Army All-American Game jerseys during a school ceremony on Nov. 8. The game will take place in San Antonio on Jan. 6.

** USA TODAY High School Sports named Clemson five-star defensive end commit Xavier Thomas among their midseason candidates for the 2017 ALL-USA Defensive Player of the Year award, which will be presented in December. Clemson targets K.J. Henry and Nolan Smith also made the list.

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